Yamaha Motor has launched the 2021 MT-25 and MT-03 streetfighter motorcycles in Japan. The 2021 Yamaha MT-25 is priced at 6,21,500 Yen (around Rs. 4.20 lakh), while the 2021 MT-03 is priced at 6,54,500 Yen (around Rs. 4.42 lakh). The big update on both the models is the updated design language as well as feature upgrades for the new model year. The 2021 MT-25 and MT-03 are also on sale in Europe and South-East Asia but is not likely to come to India anytime soon.
For 2021, the Yamaha MT-25 and the MT-03 get a revised front design that gets the alien face as seen on other Yamaha streetfighter models. The bikes now get a low-slung full-LED headlamp with twin LED DRLs and a mono projector lens. The bikes also get LED turn indicators, an LED taillight, a digital instrument console and split seats. There are new colour options on the updated MT-25 and the MT-03 that take inspiration from the MT-09 and MT-07 for MY2021. These include Pastel Dark Gray and Deep Purplish Blue Metallic C on the MT-25, and the Matt Dark Gray Metallic 8 shade on the MT-03.
Mechanically, the 2021 Yamaha MT-25 draws power from the same 249cc parallel-twin cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that develops 35PS at 12,000RPM, and 23Nm of peak torque at 10,000RPM. The MT-03 uses a 320cc parallel-twin engine that produces 42PS at 10,750RPM and 29Nm at 9000RPM. Both engines are paired with a 6-speed gearbox. The bikes also get identical suspensions including USD forks at the front and a mono-shock at the rear.
In Japan where the 250cc segment is popular due to the taxation laws, the Yamaha MT-25 competes with the Kawasaki Z250, KTM 250 Duke, Suzuki Gixxer 250, and the likes. Sadly, Yamaha’s plans for India does not involve the 250cc twin-cylinder segment prominently. So, it is likely that the MT-25 and the MT-03 will be given a miss here for the next couple of years. Meanwhile, the brand is concentrating on the premium end of the commuter segment. It is lining up to launch the new Yamaha FZ-X in a few weeks from now. Based on the FZ series, the new motorcycle will compete in the 150cc segment but will be a retro-styled motorcycle, the first-of-its-kind.